Aldi to build on disputed Wal-Mart site

Aldi to build on disputed Wal-Mart site

There are 169 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jun 15, 2009, titled Aldi to build on disputed Wal-Mart site. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Aldi plans to open a grocery store next year at a South Side shopping center also eyed by Wal-Mart , which has been stymied for five years in a battle with unions.

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OhPuhleezee

Chicago, IL

#1 Jun 15, 2009
down grade
ouchbabe

Palatine, IL

#2 Jun 15, 2009
aldi is a great store selling a variety of merchandise that superior to the store bought labels and national brands at a great discount.
we welcome it to our neighborhood
J-Chi

Chicago, IL

#3 Jun 15, 2009
Aldi is a chain that is welcomed in Chicago.

We do not want or need a company like Walmart. Poverty wages, gender discrimination, unaffordable health care.... The list of grievances against Wal-Mart goes on and on.
Alex

Warrenville, IL

#4 Jun 15, 2009
Why should unions have anything to do with Walmart wanting to buld a store somewhere. While I'm not totally against them, they shouldn't have a say in where a company wants to do business, i thought that was the job of zoning boards and so forth.
Steve

United States

#5 Jun 15, 2009
Maybe Wal-Mart can give some of its' legal business to Alderman Burke.
Paul

United States

#6 Jun 15, 2009
I don't like Aldi's. I can never find everything I need when shopping there.
MsFit

United States

#7 Jun 15, 2009
ouchbabe wrote:
aldi is a great store selling a variety of merchandise that superior to the store bought labels and national brands at a great discount.
we welcome it to our neighborhood
Superior? LOL.
the truth

San Francisco, CA

#8 Jun 15, 2009
Congrats Chicago. We have stopped an American busines in favor of sending profits overseas to Germany while getting higher prices for the consumer. Union wins and consumers and America loses.
common sense

Highland, IN

#9 Jun 15, 2009
Is Aldi union or non union? If non union, why is it different from Wal Mart? And Aldi gets by with much fewer employees than any other chain. My neighbor works for Wal-Mart, has better Blue Cross Blue Shield medical than I do, makes a very competitive wage, and because WalMart is expanding and doing well in this economy, has a better chance of moving up than being downsized or furloughed. Aldi is very similar in pay scales and benefits, if not a little lower because of smaller workforce.
typo

Chicago, IL

#10 Jun 15, 2009
the truth wrote:
Congrats Chicago. We have stopped an American busines in favor of sending profits overseas to Germany while getting higher prices for the consumer. Union wins and consumers and America loses.
You are kidding right? Walmart = Gestapo.
CitySnob

Louisville, KY

#11 Jun 15, 2009
common sense wrote:
Is Aldi union or non union? If non union, why is it different from Wal Mart? And Aldi gets by with much fewer employees than any other chain. My neighbor works for Wal-Mart, has better Blue Cross Blue Shield medical than I do, makes a very competitive wage, and because WalMart is expanding and doing well in this economy, has a better chance of moving up than being downsized or furloughed. Aldi is very similar in pay scales and benefits, if not a little lower because of smaller workforce.
Your friend must be in mangement, because the regular folks that work at Wal-Mart cannot afford the insurance provided.
Tony

Northbrook, IL

#12 Jun 15, 2009
Guess what, Aldi isn't union either. Walmart should stiff the city and build a 99,999 sq. ft. building, if they tried they could. And with a smaller store, they will have lots of free parking, which the city doesn't. If Walmart made you put a quarter in to get a shopping cart, the public would howl. The Aldi family is richer than the Walmart family, but our alderman are too parochial to see past the bull.
mia

Chicago, IL

#13 Jun 15, 2009
the truth wrote:
Congrats Chicago. We have stopped an American busines in favor of sending profits overseas to Germany while getting higher prices for the consumer. Union wins and consumers and America loses.
Aldi is actually really affordable. They do not waste resources on advertising, etc. and keep costs low. Which is good for consumers no matter where the "headquarters" are located (as if that mattered in today's time anyway).
Alex

Warrenville, IL

#14 Jun 15, 2009
the truth wrote:
Congrats Chicago. We have stopped an American busines in favor of sending profits overseas to Germany while getting higher prices for the consumer. Union wins and consumers and America loses.
I agree with the sending profits overseas to Germany argument, but Aldi has way lower prices than pretty much anywhere.
Bob

Warrenville, IL

#15 Jun 15, 2009
CitySnob wrote:
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Your friend must be in mangement, because the regular folks that work at Wal-Mart cannot afford the insurance provided.
Thats because, and no offense to people that work there, I don't think being a cashier at a Walmart should qualify as a career. It drives me nuts when people complain about pay and benefits at a cashier level. If walmart was forced to pay them more, they would have to raise their prices to compensate, sales and/or profit would decrease, and then they would let people go. So they would be worse off without the job then with.
ken rodgers

Romeoville, IL

#16 Jun 15, 2009
J-Chi wrote:
Aldi is a chain that is welcomed in Chicago.
We do not want or need a company like Walmart. Poverty wages, gender discrimination, unaffordable health care.... The list of grievances against Wal-Mart goes on and on.
If you don't like the wages then don't work there. My guess is that there would have been a lot of people more than happy to have those jobs.
Sam

Palatine, IL

#17 Jun 15, 2009
the truth wrote:
Congrats Chicago. We have stopped an American busines in favor of sending profits overseas to Germany while getting higher prices for the consumer. Union wins and consumers and America loses.
I agree, I also vote for the Walton family to have more money. What is more American than the rich folks making more money and the poor salivating at the riches.
Should we be watching out for a Paris Walton?
Kathleen

Chicago, IL

#18 Jun 15, 2009
mia wrote:
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Aldi is actually really affordable. They do not waste resources on advertising, etc. and keep costs low. Which is good for consumers no matter where the "headquarters" are located (as if that mattered in today's time anyway).
They have some good buys but on the whole their prices have risen to be comparable other stores. They were running ads on TV and send a circular with the Sunday paper.
NICEPLAN

Chicago, IL

#19 Jun 15, 2009
That's cool that the Aldi family will build on the site. Chicago is much better off that the Aldi family will open on this site instead of a large multi-national corporation. Same goes for the Home-Depot, Target, and KMart families. Those families have been in business for years, and if Wal-Mart comes to town, those families will lose all they have built through the years. It's about time people wake up in this city and support family run businesses like those built by the Menards and Lowe families. Mr. Pet Smart will be proud of our efforts. I have it on good authority that Ms. Whole Foods was asked to be interviewed for this story, but declined.
SharonD

Hampshire, IL

#20 Jun 15, 2009
typo wrote:
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You are kidding right? Walmart = Gestapo.
You're kidding, right? "typo" = ignorant sensationalist.

Do you have any idea what the Gestapo was? I'm pretty sure Walmart doesn't have the authority needed to force anyone to do anything. Unlike the aldermen and their beloved unions.

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